Friday, June 22

Positive Progress for Team109 at Snetterton 300



Last weekend saw the the Bennetts British Superbike Championship arrive at the
Snetterton circuit for the fourth round of the campaign, and it was once again a full stable
of machines in action for Team #109. Kevin Keyes was once again back onboard his
Kawasaki ZX6 in the Pirelli National Superstock 600 class, with Dickies British Junior
Supersport championship leader Eunan McGlinchey also in action following a two month
break. However, due to educational commitments fifteen-year-old Brendan Glover couldn’t
make the trip, but in his place on the second Kawasaki Ninja 400 was Simon Reid, 2017
Irish Supertwin champion.

On the opening day of the weekend in the Superstock 600 class, Keyes suffered with a
number of set up issues, hampering his progress on day one. Free practice one saw the
Offaly rider finish in thirteenth position, before improving to sixth in the second session
later that afternoon. However, not content with his position, he continued to look for
improvements in the garage throughout Friday evening. As he took to the Norwich circuit
on Saturday morning for qualifying, it unfortunately proved to be yet another difficult
session with the changes not working out completely as expected, stopping the twenty-
one year old from progressing any further than eleventh place.



The lights went out on Sunday afternoon and it didn’t take long before Keyes began to
make up for his fourth row start. Having passed a number of riders, and breaking well
inside the top ten on the opening few of laps, Keyes pushed as much as he could but
unfortunately began to fall down the standings as his set up problems reared their head
once again. Battling hard until the race was brought to a close a lap early due to a red
flag, Keyes had to settle for a tenth. However, later that afternoon the news was
announced that a rider who finished on the podium was disqualified, so Keyes was promoted to ninth. Following his promotion to ninth Kevin maintains fourth place in the championship, just a single point behind Grant Newstead in third.
The Dickies British Junior Supersport class was as always competitive and full of action
throughout the field, and following a rule change which came into affect at this round the
Kawasaki Ninja 400’s were deducted revs in an effort to bring the field closer together.
Free practice saw McGlinchey go back to the top of the standings following on from the
two month break, picking up where he left off at Brands Hatch, running right at the front
of the pack. New to the team for the weekend Reid finished the opening session just
outside of the top ten in eleventh.
Qualifying saw McGlinchey qualify on the front row for the opting race of the weekend in
third, with Reid breaking into the top ten for the first time over the course of the weekend,
rounding out the third row in ninth. As the lights went out for the first of two races in the
class, it was McGlinchey who set the pace at the front, leading for the majority of the race.
Elliot Pinson was the only rider to be able to keep with McGlinchey at the front, and after a
lengthy battle, which continued to the penultimate lap, McGlinchey and Pinson passed
each other back and forth multiple times, before constant pressure from McGlinchey and
mistakes from Pinson saw McGlinchey break away and take the win with a comfortable three second victory. Reid showed very well in his debut race in the class, making his way
into the top five on the opening lap following a great start. However a number of issues
during the race saw Reid struggle to keep pace with the front group, and he started to fall
back down through the pack. Despite the issues however, he managed to bring the Ninja
400 home in a very solid eighth position, scoring some good points in the progress on
what was his British championship debut.
Race two on Sunday once again saw a breakaway group of two at the front, with
McGlinchey and Pinson once again locked in battle for the lead throughout the entirety of
the ten lap race, with nothing separating the two as they crossed the line to begin the
final lap. As they entered into the final sector it was all going to come down to the final
corner, and unfortunately it all ended in disaster as a mistake from McGlinchey saw both
riders go down before the drag to the line. It was McGlinchey’s first DNF of the campaign,
yet despite the crash, he maintains his lead in the series over Kade Verwey, by thirteen
points.



Reid as he did throughout the weekend showed more improvement in race two, battling
well inside the top ten, and looked on to score a top five result until disaster struck on the
final lap of the race, when the Dromore riders chain came off, forcing him to pull out of
the race. After what was a great weekend for both riders in the class, it unfortunately
ended on a sour note, with both missing out on what would have been two great results.
Next up for Team #109 will be the Scottish round of the Bennetts British Superbike
championship, where once again it will be a full stable of machines in action with Keyes in
the Pirelli National Superstock 600 class, and McGlinchey back to defend his championship
lead in the Dickies British Junior Supersport class. Following on from his educational
commitments which kept him out of this round, fifteenth-year-old Brendan Glover should
be back available once again.

Team #109 Kawasaki would like to thank our sponsors for their continued support; TTS
Surfacing, MMD Construction, EMS Copiers, Cork Motorcycle Racing and Vintage Club,
Fuchs - Silkolene, R&G Racing, Kawasaki UK, Ohlins Racing, HEL Performance, Glenn Irwin
GI2, J-Tec Sports, SBS Brakes, JOG Tuning, Shoei Helmets UK, Feridax, James McCann
Photography, Gorman Crash Repairs, Jim McCann & Sons Family Butchers, Unlimited
Industries, MSS Performance, and Ross Motorcycles Cork.

Tuesday, June 19

NWR Post TT Press release - Darren Cooper results and rewards


Team NW Racing has just returned from a very successful Isle of Man TT with debutante rider Darren Cooper, who had a very busy event, with six races over the race week. Darren had three on the NW Racing BMW, two Supersport 600’s and the Lightweight race.
It was a busy fortnight for the team, and the new learning experience of the BMW 1000rr, which Darren handled with great care and ambition. The reward for the races saw Darren take home 4 bronze replicas, and two finishers awards, from the six starts.

Noel Williamson; “We went as a newcomer, starting six races and finishing all 6, and Darren got faster as the week went on. I am delighted with Darren’s performance. He is a true professional, and one easy rider to work with. He came home with 4 bronze replicas and two finisher’s awards, which in itself is a great achievement. A massive thanks to the crew for all their hard work over the fortnight and especially to Stanley Gamble for the professional way he carried out his job. I would also like to thank everyone who called to wish the team the best and also to the sponsors, for their support”



Darren Cooper; “Overall it was a good but busy TT, and everything worked well. Both 600 races were good, and I increased my personal best speed on every lap, and really enjoyed both races. For the twin I made some big changes, and unfortunately we really didn’t get the practice time that we would have hoped for. The engine was a little tired, and maybe I could have used the new engine but overall I am still delighted with 14th place in my first TT”
“With the BMW I struggled a little to get the settings right, but overall the BMW took a bit of getting used to. We now have a base setting to go back to the TT, and we have made progress, with the speed going up over the fortnight. We are learning all the time, and the TT definitely was a good bench mark to move forward for the rest of the season”
“A special thanks to Noel and all the crew for their hard work over the two weeks, including Andy Jackson, Rick Clegg, Pete Whiteside, Ste Forshaw, Stanley Gamble, and my dad Gary. I am not forgetting my wife Katie, and my sister Susie for all their help and support. I would like to thank everyone who called to the awning for their good wishes, and especially Mick and Jim from JMC”

Team NW Racing wish to pass on our condolence to the families of Adam Lyon, and Dan Kneen. May they Rest in Peace.

Jack Corry

Monday, June 18

Council announces title sponsorship of Enniskillen Road Races




The Chairman of Fermanagh and Omagh District Council, Councillor Howard Thornton, today announced the Council’s sponsorship of the Enniskillen Road Races. Taking place on Friday 29 and Saturday 30 June, Enniskillen Road Races will bring road racing back to Enniskillen after a break of 66 years.

The race schedule will see a full day of practices on the Friday with roads closing from 12 noon to 9pm and on Saturday from 10am, when there will be an 11 Race Program with the Richard Britton Memorial Race to be the showcase of the day. Set in the shadow of Cuilcagh Mountain, the 3-mile circuit has a ‘little bit of everything’ ranging from wide fast straights with sweeping corners to blind jumps.



Speaking about the Council’s sponsorship of the Enniskillen Road Races, Councillor Thornton said: “The Council is delighted to be working in partnership with Enniskillen and District Motorcycle Club on this event which has the capacity to attract significant numbers of visitors to the area over the course of the weekend. The event also provides us with the opportunity to showcase the district to a new audience enabling our tourism product to be promoted to a wider market. Such events will generate income for our local businesses through significant spending, particularly in the service and retail sector through the provision of accommodation and food retail outlets.

I understand that the Enniskillen Road Race will be the only event of its kind in the west. Enniskillen is the ideal location as it is effectively the gateway to the North, South, East and West and I look forward to welcoming the many visitors who I am confident will find their way to our district for the event in the last weekend in June.”

Enniskillen and District Motorcycle Club said: “We are delighted to welcome Fermanagh and Omagh District Council as our title sponsor for the Enniskillen Road Races. We look forward to working together to showcase the county and bring back a ‘no frills, just pure road racing’ event to the area. Riders from all over Ireland north and south will compete at the event with riders from as far as Germany and England and we are hopeful to put on a show as never seen in this area before. We are proud to bring motorcycle racing back to the area and with visitors already coming from as far as South Africa and Australia we hope we can encourage locals from the area to come and support this event.”

The original Enniskillen 100 was a well-known and prestigious racing event with 17 races taking place between 1929 and 1952. In 2012, Enniskillen and District Motorcycle Club established the Enniskillen 100 at St Angelo Airport, Enniskillen, as a commemorative event which moved to championship status the following year. After four years of successful championship racing at St Angelo, Enniskillen and District Motorcycle Club is now bringing road racing back to the district at the end of June.


For further information on Enniskillen Road Races please
visit www.enniskillenroadraces.co.uk.

Thanks to, and photo credit to @Philip Mccammon
Featured in pictures are FODC Chairman Cllr Howard Thornton, MCUI-UC Chairman John McAllister, EDMCC Chairman Rodney Shaw, FODC Director Robert Gibson, EDMCC Club and Race Secretary Fiona Ferris EDMCC Vice Chairman Trevor Kennedy EDMCC Club Member and Road Racer @Melissa Kennedy EDMCC Club members Francie Corrigan Robert Pritchard Marcus Leslie @Les Graydon 

Dunlop Masters roundup - Weekend treble sees Richie Ryan extend championship lead




In the Superbike Pro championship, Peter Moloney made the most of Charles Stuarts absence, keeping Richie Ryan honest in the process. This made Ryan the more determined and he bagged pole by almost half a second. When the lights went out, he didn’t hang around either and was rewarded with 3 wins, albeit 3 hard fought ones. Race 1 was tightly contested and only a gap of 2s separated 2nd place Peter Moloney and 3rd spot Luke Johnston. Ryan won race 2 from the narrowest of margins from Moloney again to be closely following by Johnston. Rain threatened race 3 but everyone stuck with tyre choice of slicks which was the right decision in the end. An uncharacteristic crash from Moloney in race 3 left the podium to Luke Johnston and a welcome return to James Kelly on the tidy GSXR1000. 



Pole position in the Cup class went to Gary O’Brien on the BMW S1000rr but, only by 0.09s from Jamie O’Keeffe setting up for some close racing. In race 1 however, it was Michael Prendergast that would take the win from 2nd place O’Keeffe and O’Brien in 3rd. Jamie O’Keeffe went one better in race 2 to take the win from Prendergast with Joe Grant completing the podium in 3rd. In race 3 Chris Campbell stole the show on the ZX10r to win from 2nd place Gary O’Brien as Dean O’Grady returned to the podium on the Honda Fireblade. Gary O’Brien still leads the Cup Championship table from Michael Prendergast.



The Supersport Pro championship is a battle between Dean McMaster and Emmet O’Grady and the entry this weekend of current champion Jason Lynn made the contest more interesting. Continuing where he left off, Lynn set a qualifying time almost a full second quicker than his rivals and took race 1 by 10s from McMaster in 2nd and O’Grady in 3rd. This setup a pattern and Lynn would go on and take the 3 wins in the Pro class. In race 2, Emmet O ‘Grady reclaimed 2nd from McMaster and in race 3 Dave Butler took the last podium place on the Kawasaki ZX6r. 



In the Cup class, Keelim Ryan continued to impress by qualifying P1 but wouldn’t have it all his own way during the three races. Championship rivals Eoin Collins, Trevor Landers and Kevin Baker pounced when the opportunity arrived and Collins took full advantage with 3 unanswered wins. Ryan banked points with every podium that he shared with Baker and Landers which will make for interesting reading when the revised Cup championship table is updated.



The Young Guns races saw Jamie Lyons continue his unbeaten run despite the best efforts of Nathan McGauran and Oisin Maher. McGauran was 2nd in race 2 and 3 with Maher taking both 3rd places on the Yamaha YZF R-3. In the Junior Cup Alex Duncan did the double with newcomer Karl Lynch taking two 2nd places on the Aprilia RS125. Jamie Lyons now has a commanding lead in the Young Guns championship while in the Junior Cup, the double win for Duncan narrows the gap from Karl Lynch by some margin.



In the Supertwins races, the usual suspects appeared on scene in the form of Dave Butler and Derek Wilson. Butler took the bragging rights for qualifying with sub-59s lap and went on to win the 3 weekend races from Wilson. Other visitors to the podium were Kevin Dempsey, David Halligan and Barry Sheehan. Kevin Dempsey qualified in pole position in the Production twins class and would go on to win races 1 and 2 before crashing out in race 3. Adding to the Production twin podiums were Vinny Brennan, Shane O’Donovan and Jamie Collins. Vinny Brennan won the restarted race 3 from Jamie Collins and Shane O’Donovan.



The sidecar races saw three different winners take the top step after Dylan Lynch and Mark Gash qualified in pole. They duly went on to win race 1 from brother Derek and his passenger Anthony McDonnell with Fergus Woodlock returning in 3rd giving a chair debut to Superbike rider Andrew Murphy. Race 2 went to Terry O’Reilly with Brian Butler on the back after a tight dice again with Derek Lynch and Anthony McDonnell. Derek and Anthony went one better in Race 3 taking the win from O’Reilly\Butler and Dylan and Mark in p3 over the 12 laps.



In the Principal Pre-injection championship, Ian Prendergast extended his lead winning all 3 races comfortably. Adding silverware to their collection in this class were Jonathan Gregory, Cian Donaghy, Gerard Doyle and Anthony Lillis. Prendergast now has a strong lead in the championship over Kevin Madigan.

Running on National circuit due to a shortage of marshals, the Classics took to the track on Saturday. Race 1 was a close affair between Andy Kildea and Herbie Ronan with Kildea winning by slim margin of 1 second with Brain Mateer in 3rd. Race 2 produced the same result.

Words Andy Quinn

Images Johnny Sweeney

Saturday, June 16

2nd row start for Aaron Clifford at Snetterton 300



Experiencing difficulties with his regular bike, an SOS for a spare went out this week to secure Clifford’s entry. Luckily Barry Sheehan came on board with his Game On Camps Kawasaki ZX6r to save the day and Clifford Racing were back on track.

Having spent no time on the bike, FP1 was a learning curve but one that went well where Aaron went 5th fastest. Just before FP2, many changes were made to pick up the pace and Aaron went even quicker but, the grid had done the same and Aaron languished in 12th after the second 25 minute session. More changes before qualifying improved the handling no end and went the qualifying chequered flag went out, Aaron had pushed well up the field and was placed fifth, just off the front row.

Aaron said afterwards “Coming into this weekend, I wasn’t looking for any particular result, just out on borrowed machinery to try to get some valuable championship points. All started off well in FP1 where I ended up 5th while trying to get used to the bike. FP2 I went quicker again but, I ended up 12th. After making a lot of setup changes for qualifying, I qualified 5th and went 2 seconds quicker than FP2. Looking forward to the race tomorrow at 12.35 where the plan is to get my head down and try to stay with the leaders! A massive thanks to Barry Sheehan for lending me his Game On Camps Kawasaki ZX6r as I had a problem with my own bike and to all my sponsors for their continued help and support!”

P5 9 Aaron CLIFFORD Yamaha - Clifford Racing 1:55.726
P7 69 Caolán IRWIN Yamaha - Irwin Racing 1:56.177
P11 55 Kevin KEYES Kawasaki - Team #109 1:56.574
P22 7 Aaron WRIGHT Yamaha - Jezaro.com 1:58.091



Words: Andy Quinn

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Friday, June 15

Masters Action continues on Mondello Park International Track


The 2018 Dunlop Masters Superbike championship action continues this weekend, June 16th & 17th as the series reaches its half way point on the Mondello Park International Track. Rounds ten, eleven and twelve will share the County Kildare venue with 'Party in the Park', Mondello Park's annual family fun event. The Masters will run over two days with Party in the Park adding to the entertainment for Sunday.

Following a break of just three weeks the Masters competitors find themselves back on the full Mondello Park International Track, which produced such entertaining racing last time out. Despite the absence of championship leader Charles Stuart due to an engine blow up in testing, the action at the front of the Superbike field was as close as ever. Richie Ryan with his Yamaha R1 took a hat trick of wins but he was pushed hard by the BMW of Peter Moloney who missed out on his first Masters win by less than a bike length in races one and three. Andrew Murphy also upped his game on the best of the Kawasakis to run with the leaders and pick up his first ever podium.



This weekend sees some new names added to the Superbike field as Paul Barron makes his first appearance of the season on his Kawasaki and the brand new Suzuki of Aaron Armstrong adds to the variety at the front of the field. The Superbike Cup has been the most competitive and unpredictable class of all during 2018 and any of half a dozen riders could take the win. Five different riders have tasted victory so far but it is the only three time winner, Gary O'Brien, who leads the field, closely followed by Frank Doherty, Michael Prendergast and Chris Campbell.

The Supersport class has been more predictable than Superbike, as Dean McMaster and Emmett O'Grady had shared the wins until the arrival of Eunan McGlinchey at the last event. With McGlinchey racing at a clashing BSB round the battle at the front will once again be between the championship top two, with an outside chance of Pro Class newcomers Dave Butler and Michael Browne, and Supersport Cup front runner Keelim Ryan, challenging for the win.



For this weekend the timetable will change following requests from Superbike and Supersport competitors. With extra time required this year for post race podiums and TV interviews a bigger gap between races has been asked for and this will be achieved by the first Supersport Race on Sunday running before the lunch break for the first time.

Along with the full time support classes, Principal Insurance Pre-Injection, Twins, Sidecars and Young Guns & Junior Cup, this weekend's support programme will include Classics, who will race on Saturday only, replacing the Lightweight class. Classic Superbikes will also be on the bill and they will race within the Superbike 'B' race.

All of the information on the fourth Dunlop Masters Superbike Championship event of the season, including the timetable, is available from www.masterssuperbike.ie. Tickets are also available at the reduced price of just €12.50, booked on-line, with under sixteen's admitted free.


Wednesday, June 13

Full Compliment for #Team109 at Snetterton Bennett's BSB




This weekend sees the Bennetts British Superbike championship make its return after a five week
gap, and this weekend the series rolls up to Snetterton circuit in Norwich. It will be a full stable of
machines in action for Team #109, after Kevin Keyes flying the flag solo for the past two events in the Pirelli Superstock 600 class at both the third round of the British championship, as well as the World Superbike event at Donington Park last month.

Dickies Junior Supersport championship leader Eunan McGlinchey will be back after an almost two
month break, but will have a new teammate in the class, with 2017 Irish Supertwin champion Simon Reid joining the team for this round, with Dubliner Brendan Glover ruled out due to education commitments.



Following on from a difficult weekend at Donington Park last time out, Keyes will be hoping for an
upturn in fortunes this weekend at the Norwich track. McGlinchey has been keeping busy away from the track for almost two months and will be hoping to pick up where he left off at Brands Hatch Indy, where he scored three podiums from three races last time out. Glover is unfortunately unable to compete this weekend due to school exams, which will see Simon Reid, current Irish Supersport competitor, and son of two-time world champion Brian Reid, keep his seat warm for him. Team #109 are excited to have a full stable of bikes back in action once again this weekend, and we can’t wait to get things underway once again on Friday morning for free practice.

Team #109 would like to thank all our sponsors for their continued support, who without this season wouldn’t be possible; TTS Surfacing, MMD Construction, EMS Copiers, Cork Motorcycle Racing and Vintage Club, Fuchs Silkolene, R&G Racing, Kawasaki UK, Ohlins Racing, HEL Performance, Glenn Irwin GI2, J-Tec Sports, SBS Brakes, JOG Tuning, Shoei Helmets UK, Feridax, James McCann Photography, Gorman Crash Repairs, Jim McCann & Sons Family Butchers, Unlimited Industries, MSS Performance, and Ross Motorcycles Cork.


Monday, June 11

Mondello Park owner Martin Birrane passes away aged 82



Martin Birrane, entrepreneur, racing driver and owner of Peer Group plc and Mondello Park, dies at the age of 82.

It is with great sadness that the Birrane family has confirmed the unexpected passing of Martin Birrane. The owner of Peer Group plc and Mondello Park racetrack, Martin died suddenly on Saturday 9th June, at the age of 82.

Martin Birrane was rated among Ireland’s most successful business people, having built the London-based Peer Group property portfolio to its current worth of £190 million. But his route to success, like his favourite sport - motor racing, was colourful and varied. At the age of 17 he left school and took a boat to England; from there he spent three years travelling the world and he studied hotel management in Geneva. Whilst in Geneva Martin took French lessons every day until he was fluent in the language yet, short of funds, he sang for his supper late at night in pubs and restaurants. Martin was also a butler to the Canadian ambassador in Turkey during his travels.

In 1958, aged 22, he married Susan. Martin leaves behind his wife of 60 years, along with his loving children Lis, James, Bridget and Amanda and five grandchildren.  In search of new opportunities the young couple emigrated to Canada, where Martin discovered he had a talent for selling real estate, eventually starting his own business in the UK in 1960. The motor sport bug also began to bite, as he drove a Pontiac and started watching motor racing on television. His success continued in the UK as he bought and sold a variety of businesses.

Back in England he did ‘anything and everything’. He had bit parts in films; appeared on the stage and in variety shows and commercials. Asked recently what he would be doing if he hadn’t become a successful property entrepreneur he said, “I’d probably be back in show business”.

In 1983, he acquired a major shareholding and became Chairman and Managing Director of Peer Properties Limited, later renamed Peer Group plc. Martin always loved the view from the fourth floor of his London Headquarters, overlooking his property and investment group based in the Hop Exchange. Sitting south of the Thames close to the Shard and Southwark Cathedral, his boardroom offered spectacular views across the London skyline, including St Pauls, from where many a property deal was clinched. Martin was passionate about his family, property and motor sport, with the walls of the Peer Group board room decorated with pictures of famous racing cars and their drivers, including pictures of his own winning cars.

In every respect Martin Birrane was a winner, who had motorsport in his blood. He successfully competed in all types of racing for 42 seasons, including the Le Mans 24-Hours on 10 occasions, achieving a podium finish in 1980 and then winning the GT class in 1985 in a BMW M1. Setting the Irish land speed record in 1990 was another memorable achievement on an unopened stretch of the M50 when he had to make hazardous high speed turns at each end of the measured kilometre to beat the record.  Martin’s final race was in July 2007 in his beloved Lola T70MK3B clocking up another race win.

In 1997, he purchased the world-renowned business of Lola and then re-built the company, turning it into a thriving success. Under his stewardship Lola diversified into new areas of business including aerospace, automotive and motor sport. Winning races and championships on both sides of the Atlantic, including IndyCar titles with luminaries such as Nigel Mansell, his cars were always winners. Since Lola Cars stopped manufacturing racing cars in 2012, the Lola Group was still under his direction and continues to run one of the finest, most technically advanced wind tunnel facilities in Europe.

In 1986, Martin Birrane purchased Mondello Motor Racing Circuit in County Kildare, Ireland. Martin described it as “a wasteland in need of some tender loving care”. He invested heavily in the venue and today it is the only permanent motor racing circuit in the Republic of Ireland with an FIA Licence. It has hosted FiA Sportscars, BTCC and British Superbikes.  He was busy with arrangements for events to celebrate the 50th Anniversary of Mondello, the 60th Anniversary of Lola cars at the Goodwood Festival of Speed in July, and also his diamond wedding anniversary, when he died so suddenly. Those events will now become tributes to the great Martin Birrane and his incredible achievements. 

An astute businessman, principled, intelligent and always elegantly dressed, Martin’s youthful good looks belied his age. At the same time he was a tough businessman who could drive a hard deal, then disarm you with his charisma, charm and humour. But he will be best remembered for his kindness and generosity. An exceptional character who always remained a gentleman.

His family and work colleagues would like to thank everyone who has passed on messages of support. They have requested that they be given the time and privacy to mourn his passing.

Sunday, June 10

Young Racer of the Year - May nomination Jamie Lyons



Having dominated the opening three events of the Junior Cup class at the 2018 Dunlop Masters Superbike Championship, thirteen year old Jamie Lyons is the latest nominee for the Masters 'Young Racer of the Year' award. Lyons was chosen by the judges at the May Masters event following three hard fought race wins which brought his season tally to eight wins from eight races.

The Masters Young Racer of the Year award is open to any rider who is under twenty three and competing at the Masters. At each event one rider is nominated to go forward to the end of year shoot-out where they will have a chance to battle for the  €10,000 prize which is provided by Martin Birrane, owner of Mondello Park, Dawn International and Peter McMahon of EICL.



Lyons is in his second year of circuit racing having moved over from a very successful career in Motocross to race in the Young Guns championship in 2017. Swapping to Junior Cup for this season the Omagh teenager was immediately on the pace and has not been beaten at the Masters so far this year. His performances across all three Masters events along with a particularly impressive display in May, under a lot of pressure from his rivals, was enough for Lyons to win the third nomination of the season and he now joins Aaron Wright and Caolán Irwin in the final.

I'm really excited and delighted to receive this nomination and the free entry, testing and garage space that goes with it”, was Lyons reaction to his nomination. “We had another good day at the May Masters, taking three more wins, and I've now won all eight races so far this season. My aim was to win the Masters Junior Cup Championship and win all the races if possible, but now I'll also be aiming to win the Young Racer award. I have to say thanks to Mondello Park and the award sponsors for this opportunity and to the judges for choosing me. I'm really looking forward to the rest of the season now and to taking part in the final shoot-out at the end of the season.”

By winning the Young Racer nomination Jamie will not only take part in the prize shoot-out but will also receive a free entry, testing and garage space for the next Masters event on June 16th & 17th.



For more information see www.masterssuperbike.ie/young-racer-of-the-year.



Images (c) Mondello\Johnny Sweeney

Saturday, June 9

2018 TT review - Trophy winners list



Apart from the obvious cloud that hung over the event following the deaths of Dan Kneen and Adam Lyon, it was a pretty successful meeting. The weather which can traditionally play havoc with the timetable played ball and all went accordingly, importantly allowing the newcomers their practice and qualifying with minimal stress and fuss. The occasional over eager tourist caused some delays to road closures, a needless and more frequent occurance however.

Race week arrived and the start list showed a healthy table of Southern riders in every class except sidecars and TT Zero. Monday’s RST Superbike opened the proceedings with entries from Derek Sheils, Derek McGee and Brian McCormack. As with the cheesy Meatloaf tune “2 outta 3 aint bad”, this transpired to a 14th place for Derek Sheils and 15th for McGee. A Silver and Bronze replica each for their 4 laps. Brian McCormack retired in Ramsey, much to the entertainment of his “selfie” fans.
The Monster Energy Supersport Race 1 again featured 3 strong Irish contenders in the 3 M’s. McGee, McCormack and Micko. A full return for their investment here meant Silver for both Derek McGee and Michael Sweeney while Big Mac feasted on another Bronze. Sadly, later that evening Scotland’s Adam Lyon would succumb to his injuries following an incident in the race.



The RL360 Superstock race was expected to be a highly competitive one and didn’t fail to disappoint. Both Irish entrants Brian McCormack and Micko Sweeney finished up the field with Brian in 13th and Micko in 20th. Another two bronzes banked. Brian chipped away on the road after starting the race 24th on the road as did Sweeney who started back in 36th!

If the high speeds of the Monster Energy Supersport Race 1 weren’t enough to test the reliability of the 600’s, Race 2 was going to be no different. However, Micko Sweeney and Brian McCormack had found a rhythm to equal the test. Micko started 32nd on the road and Brian way back in 57th, both with plenty of traffic to deal with. Head down, tails up both managed to battle through and after a sweltering 4 laps were rewarded for their efforts. Sweeney finished 18th, enough for another silver replica and Brian also earned a bronze coming home in 31st.



With just Derek McGee and Micko Sweeney featuring in the Bennett’s Lightweight race, all eyes were on the duo. Incredibly as the lights flashed in Glen Helen, McGee initially led on the Ryan Farquhar built IEG\KMR bike before Ivan Lintin turned the wick up with Michael Dunlop in tow. Lintin rode a blinding pace until unfortunately having to retire leaving McGee and Dunlop to duke it out for the spoils. Dunlop use all of his experience on the mountain circuit to bring home his third result of the week but, not before a hard fought effort from McGee who finished a superb 2nd. This was the first Southerner on a TT podium since the late Martin Finnegan. Sweeney also rode immensely well to a magnificent 7th place adding a fourth trophy to his list.



The week’s highlight of the Pokerstars Senior TT saw a full complement of Irish riders over 6 laps early Friday afternoon. First away was Derek Sheils who was to retire safely after what was a difficult week. Having sacrificed an entry to the NW200 to spend time at the Horice road races to gel with the Penz13 BMW S1000rr, paid off with results in Czech but, luck wasn’t on his side at this TT. Derek McGee also retired, having stopped to make an adjustment, but deciding it best not to continue. Both Brian McCormack and Micko Sweeney excelled however, ending the race well up the field in 10th and 12th respectively, adding to their bronze replica collection.

The TT was extremely hard work, on and off the track, for both riders and crews over the fortnight and thankfully all are home safely. Condolences to those lost, heal quickly to those injured.

Derek McGee – 2nd Bennett’s Lightweight race, 38pts in the Joey Dunlop privateer Championship, 2 silver and 1 bronze replicas.

Micko Sweeney – 39pts in the Joey Dunlop privateer Championship, 3 silver and 2 bronze replicas

Brian McCormack – 31pts in the Joey Dunlop privateer Championship and 4 bronze replicas

Derek Sheils – silver replica

Words Andy Quinn

Images (c) Paul Woodlock and Baylon McCaughey


Derek McGee Privateer – Joey Dunlop championship